Barrister Kevin Stewart Farquharson was ordered to be disbarred by an independent disciplinary tribunal which concluded on 21 October following charges of professional misconduct brought by the Bar Standards Board (BSB).
The tribunal’s decision follows Mr Farquharson being convicted at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on 18 March 2021 for a sexual assault which took place on 28 September 2019 for which he was sentenced to six-months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months.
The tribunal found that Mr Farquharson had also sent a text message to his victim asking her to respond to a future text from him with a scripted message he had prepared which was not a truthful account of the events on the day of the assault. It also found that Mr Farquharson had sent a message to another barrister asking them to lie about events at the time of the assault.
The tribunal found that Mr Farquharson had engaged in conduct which was likely to diminish the trust and confidence which the public places in him or in the profession, and had acted in a way which could reasonably be seen by the public to undermine his integrity.
Commenting on the order, a BSB spokesperson said: "Mr Farquharson’s conduct of sexually assaulting another person and then making dishonest efforts to conceal it is clearly incompatible with the standards expected by the public from barristers. The tribunal’s decision to disbar him reflects this.”
The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.
Notes to editors
About Kevin Farquharson
Kevin Stewart Farquharson was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Middle Temple in October 2011.
About disciplinary tribunals
The appointment, operation, and decisions (including sentencing) of disciplinary tribunal panels are performed by the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service (BTAS). BTAS is run independently of the Bar Standards Board, the barristers' regulator. The BSB is responsible for bringing charges of professional misconduct against barristers, which BTAS tribunal panels then adjudicate. The sanctions imposed are a matter for the tribunal having regard to the facts of the individual case and the BTAS Sanctions Guidance.
About the Bar Standards Board
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